There will be fireworks in Liverpool when a trailblazing, one-day training course in practical Stage Pyrotechnics comes to the Playhouse Theatre on American Independence day, Friday 4th of July.
The course will be taught by renowned industry practitioner Lincoln Parkhouse and is organised by the Training Department of BECTU, the media and entertainments union. Attendees will be given an overview of different pyrotechnic devices, their uses and the relevant health and safety regulations.
John Crumpton, BECTU Regional Learning Organiser, and Vicki Adlard, Administrator at the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, have been working together to bring the training to the North West after the course has been run successfully in the South East of England.
John Crumpton said:
"This training builds upon our Creative Industries Safety Passport course which has been a real success in developing health and safety awareness for our members and co-workers in the UK. It's fantastic that the Playhouse are able to host the event at their venue which means the course takes place in a real theatre. It's a genuine partnership between an employer, a trade union, an industry training provider with benefits for theatre students, staff and freelance technicians in the region."
In addition, attendance validates the BECTU Public Liability Insurance cover for a member to work at theatrical and live events using stage pyrotechnic devices, and qualifies delegates for membership of the UK-based Association of Stage Pyrotechnicians (ASP), which enables them to network with other pyrotechnicians at all levels of seniority.
Course tutor, Lincoln Parkhouse, is a founding member of the ASP and the Director of Just FX. His knowledge and experience is second to none and BECTU said they were pleased to welcome Lincoln and his team to the North West.
During the day there will be a number of live device demonstrations as well as lessons in series wiring, risk assessment and flame proofing. The equipment and devices used, demonstrated and on show during the course will include products from a number of well-known companies in the stage fireworks field. And there will be an opportunity for delegates to try out their new skills by setting up and igniting pyrotechnic devices.
The course costs £150, discounted to £100 for BECTU members, and £125 for students and trainees.
Delegates must be aged eighteen years or over to take part in the course.